Eat, Skate, Stay & Play – June 2018

Celebrate the arrival of Summer on Madeline Island at our “Eat, Skate, Stay and Play” event June 14th through June 17th. This 4 day island event starts with the 28th annual Chequamegon Chef Exhibition. Our island Chef Exhibition features approximately 25 invited chefs from around the region, demonstrating their craft in three categories: appetizers, entree’s, and desserts. This is followed by the 9th annual Apostle Islands Inline Skate Marathon that draws top level skaters from all over the country.

There is no better place to celebrate the arrival of summer 2018 than on Madeline Island!

Our Eat, Skate, Stay and Play event has a little something for everyone.  Be here June 14 – 17, 2018 !*

Thursday, June 14 – Chequamegon Chef Exhibition, 28th Annual, 6-8 p.m. – in the BIG tent
Saturday, June 16 – The 9th Annual Apostle Islands InLine Skate Marathon – on the roads, 8 a.m.; followed by entertainment noon to 5 p.m. in the BIG tent
Sunday, June 17 – Sunday services, 10 a.m. to welcome the Summer Solstice – in the BIG tent

*All times subject to updating.

JUNE 14, 2018 – 28th Annual Chequamegon Chef Exhibition

cheq-exhibition01There will be approximately 25 invited chefs from around the region, demonstrating their craft in three categories: appetizers, entree’s, desserts.  All the fun takes place in the heart of downtown LaPointe under a huge gorgeous white tent, complete with live entertainment.  One ticket entitles you to sample each entry, along with a cash bar for wine and beer.

Participating restaurants are: Bayfield Inn, Blue Bayou, Café Seiche, Deep Water, Ehlers store, Farmhouse Madeline, FreeHand’s Lakeside, Gourmet Garage, Grampa Tony’s, Harbor House Sweets, Island Eats, Madeline Island Bakery, Maggie’s, Patsy’s, Pier Plaza, and The Pub.


Appetizer category:

1st – Bayfield Inn, Bayfield, WI –
2nd – Blue Bayou, Manitowish Waters, Wi –
3rd – Pier Plaza, Bayfield, WI –

Entree category:

1st – Pier Plaza, Bayfield, WI –
2nd – Deepwater Grille, Ashland, WI –
3rd – Island Eats & Catering, Madeline Island –

Dessert category:

1st – Gourmet Garage, Bayfield, WI – 715-779-5365
2nd – Cafe Seiche, Madeline Island –
3rd – Madeline Island Bakery, Madeline Island –

This is a well-attended and much anticipated event and the number of tickets is limited.  When making your plans to be on the island for this gala summer weekend, be sure  to call us at: 888-475-3386 for advance sale of Chef Exhibition tickets. We can take Visa or Mastercard for advance purchase from our office and at the door, in addition to cash or check.  You can also reach us locally at 715-747-2801. Tickets are $35. Service fees apply on credit card orders. Advance tickets are also available at the Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce, Bayfield Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Bureau, The Bayfield Inn, and La Pointe Madeline Island Ferry Office.

To further demonstrate what a great event this Exhibition is, the first place and second place winners in the dessert category have participated in all 26 years this event has been held! The Exhibition can’t really start without Judy from Gourmet Garage and Rita from the Blue Bayou.  And Rita always brings some really fun libation to go with her entry! This fabulous event would also not be possible without our sponsors.  In 2016 those who made major contributions to our success included:  Madeline Island School of the Arts, Madeline Island Ferry Line, Ashland County Tourism, Madeline Island Museum, Travel Wisconsin, Madeline Island Golf Club, Inc., Farmhouse Restaurant, Island Eats, and Madeline Island Candles. We are looking forward to an even better event this year and hope to see you on the island.

Thank you to our 2017 sponsors!

Platinum Sponsor- Beach Club, Madeline Island Ferry Line, Madeline Island School of the Arts

Silver Sponsor- Madeline Island Golf Club, Bent Paddle, Coca Cola Beverages Duluth, Bayfield Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Bureau, and Travel Wisconsin

JUNE 16th, 2018 – The 9th annual Apostle Islands Inline Skate Marathon

If gliding along smooth pavement through scenic woodlands offering breathtaking views of Lake Superior sounds like your idea of skating heaven, the Apostle Islands Inline skate marathon is the perfect event for you.

This unique inline race has something for every skating enthusiast and skill level, including a full marathon, a little more than a half marathon and fun race. The 8.7 mile looped course features a combination of flats, curves, straightaways and two hairpin turns on Lake Superior island of Madeline island. This is an exciting event for both spectators and participants.

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JUNE 17th, 2018

Sunday morning worship to welcome the Summer Solstice – 10:00 a.m. in the BIG tent.  Service will include Join Pastor Marina Lachecki in a stirring Sunday morning service done as only she can do.  What a fitting end to a glorious weekend on Madeline Island.